Eleni Zevgaridou was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. After 28 years in the communication and advertising sector, she turned her full attention to art. In 2010-12, she studied sculpture under Professor Sławomir Andrzej Mieleszko, head of the department of Monumental Sculpture, at the Art Institute of Maria Skłodowska-Curie, University of Lublin, Poland. In 2015, she received a Master’s degree in Fine Art at the University of Lincoln, UK. Since 2016 she is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors (http://rbs.org.uk/artists/eleni-zevgaridou).
Eleni works with clay for small and medium size works, or raisins and plaster for larger pieces. Lately her practice is focused on figurative sculpture, installations and the theme of identity, engaging also in private commissions. Since her degree in Fine Art she has exhibited in Greece and UK and she is a member of the artists collective “Focus on Identity”.
Eleni’s artistic expression takes a variety of forms, abstract, figurative and narrative. Her works share a fascination about the human factor and individuality. The motivation behind her work includes public engagement, cultural identity & sense of place, poetics of knowledge and cross-disciplinary collaborations.
“I am drawn to intuition, improvisation, intellectual and imaginative inquiry in addition to an on-going pulse registration of the people and the social network. Understanding and mapping factors of identity, communication, cultural values, drive my art making.”
Her investigation is about a complex web of interactions which take place in the process, between agencies which might traditionally be understood as artist, subject, viewer, participant, recipient, audience and object.
2016 NOMATEI- A Koinônia of Minumental Figures, solo exhibition, Genesis gallery, Athens Greece
2016 NOMATEI - A Koinônia of Minumental Figures has been longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize. The work is published in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology 2016 “FUTURE NOW”and presented through screens in the annual exhibition.
Group Exhibitions / residencies
2017 ING Discerning Eye, group exhibition the Mall Galleries London, UK.
2017 Θυμάμαι (I remember), group exhibition about alzheimer diseαse, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens Greece.
2017 You no speak Americano original, group exhibition about integration Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples Italy http://www.casoriacontemporaryartmuseum.com/en/you-no-speak-americano-original/
2017 Alice in the Land of Things, group exhibition, IANOS gallery, Athens Greece
2016-2017 Silent presence: Meeting Zongolopoulos, 45 years later. group exhibition -tribute to George Zongolopoulos featuring works by contemporary Greek artists in dialogue with selected works by the renowned Greek sculptor, Hellenic American Union Galleries, Athens Greece http://www.hau.gr/?i=culture.en.past_event.4865
2016 G. Seferis’ way, group exhibition, Under the aegis of Philippi Festival, IANOS gallery, Athens and Kavala (G. Seferis - a sponsor of optimism) Greece
2015 The fairy tale world of Hans Christian Andersen. 210 years since the birth of the great Danish writer. group exhibition, Under the aegis of the Danish Embassy in Greece
2015 to be discussed. Final year project exhibition (MA Fine Art degree show) http://issuu.com/tobediscussed/docs/tobediscussed
2015 British Human Computer Interaction 2015. http://british-hci2015.org
2015 This is all I’m going to say, you know what I mean. Group touring exhibition Project Space Plus, University of Lincoln, UK.
2015 The Purdah Press – 10 Artists Respond to Democracy. https://thepurdahpress.wordpress.com
2014 The BIG Exhibition. Project Space Plus, University of Lincoln, UK
2014 The Archive Project (MACE): Accidents Need not Happen. Project Space Plus, University of Lincoln, UK, http://projectspacelsad.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/past-projects/
2014 Residency, One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. General Practice Project Space, Lincoln, UK